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Two Islamic Tutors Jailed For Under-Age Gang-Rape In Lagos

Two Islamic tutors, Kamaledeen Alade and Hammed Adebayo, who allegedly gang-raped 14-year-old and 16-year-old girls, were on Wednesday arraigned in Lagos.

Alade, 32, and Adebayo 27, whose addresses were not provided, pleaded not guilty to four counts of conspiracy, rape, sexual penetration and application of charm at a Surulere Chief Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Anthonia Osayande, told the court that Alade was the founder of an Islamic school, where youths learnt the Quran.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  Osayande added that Adebayo was an assistant to Alade.

According to the prosecutor, the accused and one other, now at large, committed the offences on Amosun Street, Sari-Iganmu, Lagos State, on July 11 at about 10.05am.

Osayande alleged that Alade gang-raped the 14-year-old with another accused now at large, while he gave the 16-year-old to Adebayo to rape.

He said,

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“They conspired among themselves and did have sexual intercourse turn-by-turn with the girls, after which they forcefully applied charms on the victim’s necks.’’
“One of the girls, who could not bear the pains, confessed the incident to her parents, which led to their arrest.’’

The magistrate, Aro Lambo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.

He said one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14, while the other should be a property owner within the jurisdiction of the court.

“The sureties must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and their addresses should be verified by the court,’’ he added.

The magistrate adjourned the till September 26, 2017, pending the advice of the  Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions.